Calendar— Feb. 19-26

Thursday Cemetery Board at noon, City Hall Monday Quay County Commission at 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse Library Advisory Board at noon, Tucumcari Public Library Tuesday Planning and Zoning Advisory Board at 5:15 p.m., City Hall City Finance Board at 10 a.m., City Hall Feb. 26 Housing Authority Board at 5 p.m., City Hall City […]

Mesalands restores English-as-Second-Language classes

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Anarita Botelho is hopeful that her own journey to learn to speak, write and read English will help her relate to students who attend Mesalands Community College’s free English as a Second Language course. Botelho whose native language is Portuguese, is Mesalands’ adult basic special education specialist, and is […]

Tucumcari MainStreet committees ready for action

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari MainStreet board of directors has divided itself into four committees to align with guidelines from the National Main Street Center, and is now ready to “accelerate the  program,” Gail Houser, MainStreet’s executive director said. Tucumcari MainStreet is poised for action due to other factors, as well, Houser […]

Water, economic issues discussed with Udall reps

Bianca Wertheim, left, of U.S. Sen. Tom
Udall’s staff, talks with Tucumcari Mayor
Robert Lumpkin and City Manager Jared
Langenegger at Tucumcari City Hall.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The proposed Ute Lake pipeline to Roosevelt and Curry countites and economic development were two main topics in an unplanned conversation Jan. 3 between Tucumcari and Quay County leaders and members of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s staff. Tucumcari Mayor Robert Lumpkin, City Manager Jared Langenegger and Quay Commissioner Sue […]

Commission approves Sands Dorsey contract

The circled area above illustrates a possible
plan proposed by UNM architecture students
for the Sands Dorsey building site. The plan
would partially preserve three walls and
include a park. This view is looking down
from the northwest.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor If all goes according to the plan launched Thursday at a special Tucumcari City Commission, the rubble-strewn site of the Sands Dorsey building will be cleared and level by the end of October. The commission approved its first concrete step Thursday in a plan to rid downtown of a […]

EDC signs land lease with Mesalands

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The directors of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation on Jan. 27 approved the lease of about about 90 acres of economic development zone property to Mesalands Community College. The property will house facilities for the college’s animal and farrier science and rodeo programs,  and a multipurpose facility encompassing […]

Bidegain accepts probation-like plan

QCS Staff Rancher and former New Mexico Game Commission chair Scott Bidegain of Tucumcari has agreed to complete a two-year probation-style program in return for having illegal cougar hunting charges against him dropped. Tenth Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose made the announcement Monday in a news release. Bidegain and co-defendant Larry Webb of Newkirk agreed […]

Mesalands signs credit pact with SNHU

Special to QCS Mesalands Community College students will be able to transfer up to 90 credit hours to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) under an agreement between the colleges signed last week, according to a news release from Mesalands. The Mesalands students will be able to transfer credit to the Manchester, New Hampshire, college toward […]

SunZia bulk power line hits snag with land commissioner

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A transmission project that could deliver renewable energy from southeastern New Mexico to lucrative Southwest U.S. electricity markets has received approval from the U.S. Department of Interior, but has run into a roadblock from New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn. The bulk-power transmission line would not provide an immediate […]

Poetry readers return with fiery words and high drama

Words and reading by Levi Mericle, interpretive dance by his sister Hannah
Mericle and music by Rick Haymaker, all Tucumcari residents, highlight an
evening of poetry reading Friday at the Eastern New Mexico Artspace gallery in

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor For a second time, about 50 Tucumcari area residents enjoyed supercharged words and fiery deliveries Friday evening as the Eastern New Mexico Artspace gallery hosted local and guest poets. The turnout matched last year’s poetry session of the gallery’s “Criss-Cross Applesauce” series of monthly artistic programs. Fil Peach, president […]